Professional recruiter Joe Arrigo is the owner of Advisr Enterprises, a company that uses personality type insights to help job seekers discover their talents and match them with their ideal careers. Recently, Joe Arrigo appeared on a podcast to talk about common mistakes people make when writing resumes.
Two mistakes many people make when they are writing their resumes are using vague words and claiming expertise in software that they used little or have not used in years.
Some people fill their resumes with words they think will make them sound unique. These words include goal-oriented, team player, and customer-focused. These descriptions are used so often in resumes that they have stopped being unique. No one will say they are the opposite of these words - not goal-oriented, not a team player, or not customer-focused. Therefore, job seekers who include these descriptions are not revealing anything about themselves.
Claiming expertise in certain software programs is another big mistake. If job seekers have barely used a tool or have not used it in years, they should not claim expertise. This claim may backfire in the interview if the recruiter inquires about the job seeker’s experience with the software.
Joe Arrigo is a professional recruiter with a passion for matching people with their ideal career paths through a counseling process. In his leisure time, Joe Arrigo enjoys reading. One of the books he highly recommends is Type Talk at Work by Otto Kroeger, Janet Thuesen, and Hile Rutledge.
Type Talk at Work builds on research about the Myers Briggs 16 personality types by elaborating on how personality influences work and career. The book gives an introduction to personality types and then tells how to identify your personality type and those of your colleagues.
Through a process called type watching, the authors tell how to evaluate your colleagues’ behavior and classify them in one of the personality types. The book then gives tips on how to leverage this understanding to strengthen workplace leaderships, resolve conflicts, and build teams.
Borrowing from their own experiences in typology, the authors create a roadmap for professionals who want to understand their colleagues and enhancing workplace relations and productivity.
A graduate of California State University, Long Beach, Joe Arrigo is a resource development manager at Modis and the owner of Advisr Enterprises. At Advisor in Sacramento, California, Joe Arrigo offers resume writing and interview preparation counseling to job seekers.
Job interviews can be nerve-racking. To increase your chances of succeeding in interviews, you must think ahead. Research the company, read some of its recent press releases, and learn some of its goals and target projects.
If you can find something in the company that resonates with your skills, raise this topic in your interview. In addition, look at the company’s management to identify commonalities with them, and touch on these in the interview or speak to how the company’s mission statement aligns with your values.
Be concise in your statements. Answer questions directly without being vague or digressing from the core issues. Many interviews are timed, so you should be aware of the limited time you have to make your case. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence are advantages in interviews.
Outside of his varied professional pursuits, Joe Arrigo enjoys reading and weightlifting, working out four times per week. He also reads upward of 50 books per year and enjoys ping pong, darts, and partaking in political discussion.